Summer is finally here and we all know what that means… grilling time! Who doesn’t love a nice steak or veggies cooked on the grill while basking in the sun? It’s easy to forget that while grills are a great way to cook food in the summer, there are some hazards that go along with them. Here are some tips to remember for safe grilling!
1. Use your grill outside and away from low roofs. This will not only prevent toxins from lingering in your home but will also prevent potential fires.
2. Place the grill on a flat surface away from anything that may catch fire such as trees, shrubs, fences and hedges.
3. Do not grill with loose clothing or dangling bits that can catch fire or are flammable.
4. Have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it. It’s also a good idea to have a small squirt bottle fill with cold water nearby to douse any minor flames.
5. Keep children and pets away from the grilling area
6. Do not leave the grill unattended.
Smoke and char contain chemicals that have been linked to health problems including cancer. Do not stand over the barbeque and inhale the smoke if at all possible. While char stripes may look good on your steak, char has been known to contain cancer causing toxins. Cook the meat to your liking and then remove it from the grill before too much char builds up.
Bristles from wire brushes have been known to get stuck on the grill and then people’s food which enters the digestive system causing abdominal pain. Use a different kind of nylon or plastic brush to clean your grill to ensure no one digests these harmful bristles. If you already use a wire cleaning brush or plan to continue using one, just make sure you check your grill before cooking to clean any bristles off.
Follow these simple safety tips for a fun and safe grilling season!